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Making Essential Halloween Decorations

Author : Jennifer Clear

Halloween is a festival that dates back thousands of years and has it's origins in Celtic countries such as Ireland and France. It was a celebration that marked the beginning of a New Year. The equivalent of a modern day 31st December. Today it is all about dressing up in scary costumes and collecting sweets and treats. Decorating your home or party venue can also be great fun and in this article we will give tips and hints on how to involve your child in making Halloween decorations.

Not all parents are the "arty crafty" type and the idea of making Halloween decorations sends them into a cold sweat. If you are that type of parent then there are plenty of other family activities that you can organise. Our advice is, do what you are comfortable with and that way everyone will enjoy themselves. Purchasing Halloween decorations online is easy and it won't break the bank.

No matter what type of decorations you decide to make there are certain "tools" and craft supplies you will need. Any house with children will probably have most of the items already but check before you tell the kids that they will be making Halloween decorations. Items that you will need include, safety scissors, glitter glue, Halloween confetti, water soluble markers, coloured card, pipe cleaners, assorted costume accessories such as wigs and face paints.

The easiest way to draw a design on any object is to use a template. To get Halloween templates just do a quick search online. You will find all sorts of designs such as bats, ghosts and ghouls and they can all be printed in the size you need. It's very simple.

Outdoor Halloween decorations can transform a home, so if you are planning to use the decorations you make outdoors make sure they are weather proof. There is no point expecting decorations made with light crepe paper to last if it is windy or it rains. To avoid disappointment it is probably best to focus on making items that are used indoors and buy any lights or decorations you intend to use outdoors.

After getting all the craft supplies ready and confirming the theme you will need some firm suggestions as to what to make. In our opinion, if you do nothing else then carve or decorate a pumpkin. Halloween would not be the same without a smiling / scary pumpkin in the window. If your children are young then decorating the pumpkin rather than carving it is definitely a better choice.

Getting the right type of pumpkin is the first thing you should focus on before considering how to decorate it. No matter what you plan to do with the pumpkin make sure you select one that is nice and smooth with as few bumps as possible. Decorating a smooth pumpkin is a lot easier than trying to trace a design over a jagged surface.

When painting any object it is always recommended that you apply a base coat. This also applies when painting a pumpkin. Orange paint is the obvious choice but I wouldn't get too worried about it. After all the pumpkin just has to last for a week or two.

When choosing a design to trace onto the pumpkin stick to something simple. For example a basic outline of a ghost or a bat. Older children may want something a little more complicated but start with the assumption that simple and easy is good and anything complicated should be avoided.

Another activity that is very similar to carving a pumpkin is candle decorating. For this activity you will need nice thick pillar candles. It is then just a matter of tracing a design onto the candle using a template and colouring it in. For added effect some people dig down into the candle in the shape of the design.

They key to making your own Halloween party supplies is planning. The younger your children the more prep work you will have to do. You may even have to go as far as tracing the template outline onto the particular object you want to decorate and just let them colour between the lines. Whatever you decide it should be fun. If you or the kids look upon the activity as a chore then it is not worth doing.

If you are not interested in arts and crafts then you will not be short of alternatives. Scene setters, pinatas, and costumes are just some of the Halloween party supplies that can be easily sourced online. Even if you go down the shop bought route don't assume that the decorations will magically jump out of the box. You will still need time to get the most from them and make sure you have the scariest house in the neighborhood.

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